SM Caen.  Final applause for Mario Fortunato after 15 years at Stade Malherbe
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SM Caen. Final applause for Mario Fortunato after 15 years at Stade Malherbe

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He could not leave without a tribute, on Saturday 11 May 2024, for his last game in the Stade Malherbe Caen jersey at the Venoix complex. In front of his family, Mario Fortunato received a guard of honor after the match won by the reserve team against Dives-Cabourg (2-1). Mario Fortunato plays a final match in National 3 against Saint-Lô, Saturday 18 May 2024, when he wants to leave the club where he has known (almost) everything.

The midfielder, who stands out in particular for his technical quality, his vision of the game and his generosity, ends a special season. As a reward for his exemplary performance, he signed an initial one-year professional contract, knowing that he would not open the doors to the first team for him. Mario Fortunato had to settle for National 3, where he scored six goals and provided one assist. He scored the winning goal against Dives, as a nice win.

An emblematic player from the centre

Mario Fortunato had become the emblematic player of the Caen team. Joined the club at the age of seven“he will have completed the entire course at Malherbe”, greets Matthieu Ballon, director of the training center.

Mario represents the values ​​that the club advocates. He took the steps with determination and a lot of quality. He is a boy who has a good state of mind.

Matthieu Ballon, director of the SM Caen training center

Mario Fortunato particularly shone in the 2022-2023 season in National 2. Despite disappointing results, which caused the relegation to the reserve team, he had five goals and eleven assists. Nicolas Seube, who never missed an opportunity to highlight it when he was in charge of the reserve team, he had often made him captain.

Testing this week

The exercise performed at this level of competition, more convincing than the one who quits, showed that Mario Fortunato was capable of existing at the fourth national level. What about his future ? “He passes tests [cette] week, but many clubs are in the dark, emphasizes Matthieu Ballon. It was committed to doing whatever is necessary for the boys who leave us to find a sporting project. »

Other captains of the Stade Malherbe reserve team, number five in N3, should be led to sail under other skies.

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